Students complete two Humanities subject from the following:
- Geography and Economics
- Politics and Law
SEALP students will complete a SEALP Humanities course that combines all of the above
Geography & Economics
Students will explore major environmental changes which are currently affecting the world's ecosystems. A range of case studies, such as the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch', will be investigated to identify how the human impact on the environment can be managed. Current campaigns including the 'War on Waste' will be examined to explore how issues can be tackled at a local, national and global level. In addition, students will develop their knowledge of the range of choices they make in everyday life and the financial and broader impact of these decisions. Students will develop financial literacy skills, in order to prepare to make responsible and informed decisions about managing money.
Geography & Economics Pathway
Assessment will include research, analysis and evaluation of case studies/scenarios, ICT supported presentations and tests including an end of semester exam. There will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years including some assessed tasks completed under SAC conditions. This subject addresses the Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Geography domain of the Victorian Curriculum.
Students will analyse the impact of two areas of study that have contributed to the shaping of the modern world. These include an exploration of the Second World War, with a focus on the Kokoda campaign; and the civil rights movement in both the United States and Australia. The two depth studies provide students with a rich and engaging exploration of some of the key developments in human history in the modern period, particularly the emergence and importance of human rights in the face of the horrors of the Holocaust, nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the injustices experienced by both African Americans and Indigenous Australians. Students will develop their historical thinking skills through the use, analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary sources across all three depth studies. Assessment will include both source analysis and evaluation, research, oral and ICT supported presentations. There will be an emphasis on skill development for the senior years, including some assessed tasks completed under SAC conditions and an end of unit examination. The subject addresses the History domain of the Victorian Curriculum, and will prepare students for VCE History.
Year 10 History is an extension of curriculum covered in Humanities Years 7 to 9 and leads to VCE History Units 1 & 2 (Twentieth Century history) and Units 3 & 4 (Revolutions). History develops fluent, concise and well-structured written expression, research skills and provides students with the ability to express complex ideas, synthesising a range of evidence and perspectives. History can be studied further in a range of tertiary degrees, such as arts, international relations and teaching. It can lead to careers in fields such as historical research, teaching and archaeology.
Politics & Law
In this subject students will learn about the key features and values of Australia’s political system and those in the Asia region. They will explore Australia’s roles and responsibilities at a global level using real case studies such as peace keeping and asylum seekers. Students will evaluate the role of the High Court in making decisions on key cases and investigate how international obligations increasingly shape Australian law and policies. They will consider the role of the media in Australia's political system and the challenges this poses. Students will explore the jurisdictions of the Victorian Court Hierarchy, powers of Victoria Police, role of the jury and sanctions given to convicted criminals. Learning will be enhanced with visits to civic institutions such as the Magistrates’ Court and Victorian Parliament and discussions with Members of Parliament. Assessment will include research reports, role plays, tests, case studies, ICT supported presentations and an end of unit examination. This subject addresses the Civics and Citizenship domain of the Victorian Curriculum and will prepare students for VCE Politics and Legal Studies subjects.
Politics and Law Pathway
Year 10 Politics and Law builds on the civics component of curriculum covered in Humanities Years 7 - 9 and is an introduction to the VCE subjects Politics and Legal Studies. Key skills include research, interpretation and analysis, formulating and expressing opinions, short answer and extended written responses and teamwork. Each of these skills can be applied not only to Politics and Legal Studies, but are also transferable to History, Business Management, English and Literature studies. At a tertiary level, Politics and Law students can consider a vast range of degrees, including arts, public relations, teaching, international relations and media.